History of Idaho, Volume 3, by Hiram T. French, M.S.
The Lewis Publishing Co., Chicago and New York 1914, Page 915

Daniel L. Kostenbater is the owner of extensive farming lands in the vicinity of Payette, Idaho, and he is likewise one of the owners and promoters of the Payette Vinegar Company, which was organized in 1909 and which has since developed into one of the prosperous business enterprises of the Payette valley.

A native of Freeport, Illinois, Daniel L. Kostenbater was born February 24, 1861. He is a son of Erin and Margaret (Newcomer) Kostenbater, both of whom were born and reared in Pennsylvania, whence they removed to Illinois in early life. They were married in the latter state. The father settled in Illinois in 1845 and was a carpenter and farmer by occupation. On account of physical disability he did not serve in the Civil war but he had three brothers who gained renown as gallant and faithful soldiers in that sanguinary conflict. Mr. Kostenbater died in Illinois at the age of seventy-six years. His wife died in 1864, aged thirty-five years. Mr. and Mrs. Kostenbater had eight children, of whom Daniel L. was the seventh in order of birth.

In a district schoolhouse, six miles west of Freeport, Illinois, on his father's farm, Daniel L. Kostenbater received his early educational training. After reaching mature years he worked on his father's estate until his marriage. After that event he bought a farm in Illinois and later removed to a farm near Spencer, in Clay county, Iowa. On the latter estate he resided for a period of four years and at the expiration of that period he lived in Spencer for one year. In April, 1903, he came to Idaho and located on farm lands in the northwestern section of the Payette valley. In 1909 he became one of the organizers of the Payette Vinegar Company, his associates in that enterprise being a Mr. O'Neil and a Mr. Larsh. The headquarters of this company are maintained in Payette and it is recognized as one of the most progressive business enterprises in this section of the state. Mr. Kostenbater is likewise a director in the Greenwood Avenue Pipe Line and he has money invested in other business projects of a local nature. He is independent in his political attitude and in religious matters is a zealous member of the Presbyterian church. Mr. Kostenbater's success in life has been on a parity with his own well directed endeavors. He is recognized as a man of sterling integrity of character and he is ever on the alert to do all in his power to advance the general welfare of his home community. Fraternally he is affiliated with the Modern Woodmen of America and the time-honored Masonic order.

At Freeport, Illinois, Mr. Kostenbater was united in marriage to Miss Mary E. Bennett. They became the parents of six children, concerning whom the following brief data are here incorporated: Benjamin is a resident of Payette, Idaho; Christman is the wife of Ben Grinlly, telegraph operator at Payette; Clinton lives in Payette; Elwin is engaged in business with his father; Inez is attending high school at Payette; and one is deceased.

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